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The Extended Employment Insurance (EI) Benefits pilot project increases EI income support by providing an additional 5 weeks of benefits, to a maximum of 45 weeks, in 21 economic regions.
The Extended EI Benefits pilot project has been re-introduced in the original 21 economic regions. EI claimants whose benefit periods are established on or after September 12, 2010 may be eligible. This pilot project will run until September 15, 2012, or will conclude earlier in regions where there is sustained economic recovery.
Re-introducing this pilot project will allow further testing during a period of economic recovery.
You are eligible to apply for this pilot project if:
- you are filing a claim and are eligible to receive regular benefits;
- you live in one of the 21 participating EI economic regions; and
- your claim for benefits started on or after September 12, 2010.
The additional five weeks of EI benefits does not apply to the following benefits:
Participating economic regions
From September 12, 2010, to September 15, 2012, this pilot project is being tested in 21 Employment Insurance (EI) economic regions, each of which includes many municipalities and census subdivisions. Select a region in your province or territory to see if your municipality is included:
- Central Quebec
- Eastern Nova Scotia
- Lower Saint Lawrence and North Shore
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northern British Columbia
- Northern Manitoba
- Northern Ontario
- Northern Saskatchewan
- Northwest Territories
- North Western Quebec
- Prince Edward Island
- St. John’s*
- Western Nova Scotia
* Based on monthly data, the unemployment rate in these EI economic regions has been below 8 percent for 12 consecutive months. As a result, the Extended EI Benefits pilot project ended in these regions on the following dates:
St. John’s - September 24, 2011
Chicoutimi - Jonquière - March 24, 2012
Sudbury - June 23, 2012
Regular benefits can be paid from 14 to a maximum of 45 weeks. The number of weeks of payable benefits is determined at the exact time your claim starts and is based on:
- the unemployment rate in your region; and
- the number of insurable hours you have accumulated in the qualifying period.
You live in the Eastern Nova Scotia region, which has an unemployment rate of 13.8 percent. You have accumulated 560 hours of work and your claim starts on December 13, 2010. Since you live in a participating EI economic region for the pilot project, you can take advantage of the additional five weeks of payable benefits.
- Maximum number of weeks of EI benefits payable before the pilot project: 28
- Maximum number of weeks of EI benefits payable under the pilot project: 33
Note: Number of economic regions
At the start of the Extended EI Benefits pilot project in 2010, there were 21 Employment Insurance (EI) economic regions being tested, each of which included many municipalities and census subdivisions. The pilot project will run until September 15, 2012, or will conclude earlier in regions where there is sustained economic recovery. This occurs based on monthly unemployment data that indicates when an EI economic region’s unemployment rate has been below 8 percent for 12 consecutive periods, which will result in that region no longer being part of the pilot project.
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